CEBU’s Jorry Ycong stole the thunder from the many-time 70.3 Philippines champion August Benedicto within the 1st Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao on the Azuela Cove in Davao Metropolis yesterday.
Ycong of Rider Omega Tri Workforce received his first 70.3 Philippines Asian Elite title after clocking 4 hours, 24 minutes and 15 seconds to beat Benedicto within the 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike and 21K run race.
The four-time 70.3 Philippines champion Benedicto settled for second place with a time of 4:25:22, whereas Ironman 70.3 Cebu reigning champion Banjo Norte additionally from Omega Professional completed at third place in 4:25:07.
“I’m so glad proper now as a result of I by no means anticipated to beat Benedicto within the 70.3 distance. I received in opposition to him in the usual distance however not in 70.3. He dominates the 70.3 races,” Ycong instructed SunStar Cebu in a phone interview.
Ycong stole the lead from Benedicto on the early a part of the run and withstood a late chase and completed the run in 1:29:48 en path to realizing his dream on changing into a 70.3 Philippines champion.
Ycong lastly made it after falling brief for the title when he completed at third place in the Subic Ironman 70.3 Philippines two years in the past.
“I obtained the lead on the first 3K of the run. He obtained again and was proper behind me within the final 5K, so I made a decision to provide my all because the end line was already close to,” mentioned the previous Southwestern College varsity runner. “It’s completely sudden for me. My onerous work paid off. I’m additionally glad since my teammate (Norte) made it to the rostrum.”
Ycong completed the swim portion second in 27:33 and clocked 2:24:11 within the bike phase. The 2-time 5150 distance champion will take a a lot deserved relaxation earlier than making ready for the Ironman 70.3 Cebu in August in Lapu-Lapu Metropolis.
The ladies’s Asian Elite crown, in the meantime, went to Hong Kong’s Leanne Szeto after clocking 4:52:14.
Within the professional class, Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez (3:50:52) beat Aussie Timothy James Reed (3:52:26) within the males’s class. Aussie Tim Van Berkel (3:53:45) completed at third place.
Czech Republic’s Radka Kahlefeldt (4:25:38) topped the ladies’s division, beating Japan’s Naomi Washizu (4:36:53) and Australia’s Dimity Lee Duke (4:39:12). (RSC)